Newsletter | December 22, 2021

12.22.21 -- What Is A Laser Beam Expander? | Bright Ideas

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Laser Beam Expanders

Laser beam expanders increase the diameter of a collimated input beam to a larger collimated output beam for applications such as laser scanning, interferometry, and remote sensing. Contemporary laser beam expanders are afocal systems developed from well-established optical telescope fundamentals. 

Industry Insights
Detecting Disguises At Border And Immigration Security Checkpoints Using Short-Wave Infrared (SWIR) Cameras

As the U.S. continues to increase its security at border crossings, airports, and other points of entry, biometrics will play an important role. SWIR cameras can help identify disguises at the border and therefore supplement security efforts.

HD Thermal Imaging For Defense Research And Test Ranges

Infrared target signature research and target tracking place substantial technical demands on thermal imaging cameras, as well as the researchers using those cameras. FLIR develops thermal imaging systems to overcome challenges on both fronts. 

Minimizing Risk When Coating Optics

Related to optics, a “risk” is anything in the product development process that can have an impact on cost, schedule, or technical performance. One such risk is coating, and a good place to begin your evaluation of the risk on performance is by vetting the coating supplier.

Creating Tungsten Tips Using Mad City Labs SPM Etch Kit

The Mad City Labs SPM etch kit is designed to allow users to create a sharp tungsten tip suitable for scanning probe microscopy. The instrumentation allows the user to attach a tungsten wire to a quartz tuning fork and electrochemically etch the wire. 

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Featured Multimedia
Raptor 640N Vis-SWIR Camera

This video walks through a step-by-step guide on how to set up and operate a Raptor Owl N Vis-SWIR camera using an Euresys Grablink GigE converter. Most of Raptor's SWIR cameras are now supported by and compatible with the Euresys software.

Phantom TMX Ballistics Gel
The new Phantom TMX cameras utilize a back-side illuminated sensor that increases frame rate and resolution capabilities. Phantom specs: 7510 1280 x 704 90,000 fps 2.459 µs exposure time. Check out the demonstration using ballistics gel in this video.
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Hexapod FAQs
Hexapods provide motion in all six degrees of freedom: X, Y, Z, pitch, roll, yaw. 6-DoF motion platforms and positioning systems are often referred to as Stewart platforms.
Featured Solutions
Back-Illuminated SMT Photodiodes
The BI-SMT product series is single-channel back-illuminated photodiodes specifically designed to minimize 'dead' areas at the edge of the device. Each device is designed on a package with dimensions very similar to the chip itself.
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OSI Optoelectronics
Line Scan Lenses For Large Magnification: Xenon-Diamond Series

The Xenon-Diamond series comprises a family of line scan lenses specifically designed for large magnifications such as -2.6x or -3.5x. Optimized for the highest resolution and image quality, these compact and robust cameras are ideal for FPD inspection, PCB/OLED inspections, web and surface inspections, line scan, and other quality control applications.

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Schneider Optics
ULTRA Series Optical Filters And Coatings

The ULTRA Series optical filters and coatings are specifically designed to be integrated into the most sophisticated instruments used in biotechnology, remote sensing, telecommunications, chemical engineering, robotics, and a variety of other fields.

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Alluxa, Inc.
Optical Filters For LIDAR Laser Sensors
Iridian Spectral Technologies offers LIDAR laser sensor systems with common laser wavelengths including 532 nm, 905 nm, 1064 nm, and 1550 nm. These filters provide more signal with less background and are ideal for laser sensor applications, including airborne laser scanning and other methods of capturing 3-D data of large areas.
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Iridian Spectral Technologies
Compact SLM Platforms For Small And Portable Solutions
Spatial light modulator is the most compact SLM.
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Laser Components USA, Inc.